Traffic cameras showed traffic moving on the Hilton Head Island eastbound bridge Tuesday morning. The bridge had been closed by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office following the governor's evacuation order for the barrier islands due to Hurricane Irma.
Extreme flooding can be seen in the Alljoy Road area near the boat landing as high tide arrived on Monday during the rain and wind brought by Tropical Storm Irma. Several cars attempted to drive through nearly a foot of flooding along the road and were forced to turn around.
Reporter Caitlin Turner shows the crossing at U.S. 278 and S.C. 170, which was closed to vehicles as Tropical Storm Irma dropped large amounts of rain. This area gets flooded in normal heavy rains. The white van in the distance was inspected by firefighters in a boat to make sure no one was stranded inside. It turned out to be abandoned.
Kevin Osterstock, a battalion chief with Hilton Head Fire-Rescue, predicts the windshield of his truck will be underwater at 1 p.m., at the peak of Hurricane Irma storm surge and high tide, if conditions continue unchanged.
The Talmadge Memorial Bridge is closed due to Tropical Storm Irma. Besides using Interstate 95, and if weather conditions allow, drivers can detour through the Lowcountry turning onto SC 170 West into Port Wentworth, Ga.
Traffic was light Sunday morning on local routes from Savannah to Bluffton. Several gas stations were open along to route. Irma's track is forecast to bring tropical storm effects to the area late Sunday and into Monday.